Online gambling portal - Blackjack rules
The game of casino blackjack or 21 is by far the most popular table game offered in gambling.
a thrilling game that anyone can play and
In Blackjack the player competes against
the dealer. The goal is for the player's hand to add up to 21 or
come closer to 21 than the dealer's hand. The game is played on a
semi-circular table with 5 or 7 playing positions. Wagers are placed
in the circles provided. Cards are dealt from a deck of cards called
a shoe. Traditionally a shoe may contain anything from one standard
52-card deck -no jokers - to 6 or sometimes 8 decks. The online
Blackjack playing rules provided here are based on European
Blackjack rules, using four 52-card decks that are shuffled after
each hand. There are 5 playing positions you can choose from, and
you can play up to 5 hands of Blackjack at the same time. Each hand
played is a separate wager against the dealer.
Each of the
player's hands is dealt two cards. The Dealer is also dealt two
cards but only one card is face up. The card that remains face down
is called the 'hole card'.
The dealer must hit on all hands
totaling 16 or less and stand on all hands totaling 17 or more. Face
cards (the Jack, Queen and King) and 10s all have a value of
An Ace has a value of either 1 or 11. Any combination of
cards that contains an Ace card and whose value does not exceed 21
is referred to as a *soft hand*. An Ace adopts the value most
beneficial for your hand. For example, an Ace and eight will add up
to 19, but if the player chooses to take another card that would
cause the hand's value to exceed 21, the Ace will revert to a value
If you are dealt an Ace and a 10 or face card this is
called a BLACKJACK, and your hand will STAND automatically. If you
beat the dealer with a BLACKJACK you are paid out at 3 to 2.
If you are dealt a pair you may SPLIT your hand. This means
that your pair is divided into two separate hands with two separate
wagers. A second wager - equal to your original wager - is
automatically placed on your second hand. You play both hands as
If you have SPLIT a pair of aces and then
draw a card with a value of ten, this is not a BLACKJACK. Such a
hand would have a value of 21. It beats the dealer's hand value less
than 21 and ties - called a PUSH - against the dealer's hand value
of 21. This rule also applies to splitting pairs of cards with a
value of ten. Should you split a pair of tens (or face cards) and
then receive an ace, this hand is not a BLACKJACK.
split Aces you will receive only 1 more card to complete your hand.
If the second card is a face card or 10 it is not a Blackjack. You
cannot split your hand(s) again.
If the value of your initial
two cards is 9, 10 or 11 then you are allowed to DOUBLE. This is a
wager that your hand total with your next card will be higher than
the dealers completed hand. The wager costs as much as your
original bet, but should you win you will be paid double of your
total wager (or four times your original wager.)
dealer's face up card is an Ace you may purchase INSURANCE.
INSURANCE is purchased prior to playing your hand(s). If you
purchase INSURANCE and then SPLIT or DOUBLE your hand(s), the value
of your INSURANCE bet is automatically doubled.
If your hand
beats the dealer's hand then you have
Hand All hands that exceed 21 lose, even
if the dealer also goes BUST. If the dealer goes BUST but the
player's hand is under 21 the player
All hands that are dealt an Ace and
a 10 or a face card win, unless the dealer also has a BLACKJACK - a
All hands that purchased
INSURANCE win if the dealer has a BLACKJACK -you will break even;
if the dealer doesn't have a BLACKJACK the INSURANCE bet
Hands If the dealer's hand total and
the player's hand total are the same than the hand is a tie or PUSH
and the player's bet is returned. Other If the dealer's hand and the
player's hand are both under 21, the hands are compared. If the
player's hand is closer to 21 the player wins, if the dealer's hand
is closer to 21 the player loses.
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